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Froome's Sky wins Vuelta opener, Contador's Tinkoff labors
August 20, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
OURENSE, Spain (AP) " Chris Froome had a successful start to the Spanish Vuelta with Sky winning the team time trial as the grand tour got underway Saturday.Sky picked up from helping Froome win his third Tour de France in July... More...
Michael Matthews set to sign for Giant-Alpecin
June 13, 2016 (09:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Cyclingnews understands that Michael Matthews will ride for Giant-Alpecin in 2017. The Australian will head to the WorldTour team while John Degenkolb is likely to sign for Trek-Segafredo. Although no contracts can officially be signed or ratified until the UCIs official August 1 deadline, Cyclingnews has been told by sources that the Australian will leave his current team, Orica-GreenEdge, at the end of this year. Degenkolb has already been linked to Trek-Segafredo and is expected to take two or three teammates with him to the American team. Both Giant-Alpecin and Orica-GreenEdge managements remained tight-lipped when contacted by Cyclingnews and both Matthews and Degenkolb are expected to ride the Tour de France for their respective teams this season. Cyclingnews also understands that Giant have been working on signing Matthews for some time, believing that he is a stronger long-term prospect.ADVERTISEMENT Matthews, 25, moved to Orica-GreenEdge in 2013 and won two stages in that years Vuelta. He had another breakthrough in the 2014 Giro dItalia, wearing the maglia rosa and winning a stage. In 2015 he won another stage in the race before finishing second at the World Championships in Richmond, Virginia. He is currently riding the Tour de Suisse, where he is looking to win stages ahead of the Tour de France. More on this story: Matthews to target stages in Tour de Suisse Contador to hold talks with Trek-Segafredo Degenkolb to Trek-Segafredo Orica-GreenEdge are in the middle of re-signing riders for next season. Sources have added that Matthews has not re-signed with them, however, and Adam and Simon Yates, Simon Gerrans and Caleb Ewan are also all out of contract for next season. The team confirmed earlier this week that Orica would leave the sport at the end of 2017 but this appears unrelated to Matthews departure. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Criterium du Dauphine: Chris Froome earns Cyclingnews rider of the day honours
June 10, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
In a new feature, the Cyclingnews team pick their rider of the day from the Criterium du Dauphine. Chris Froome is the stage 5 pick, and we will be selecting a rider after each stage. After finishing only third in the prologue, Chris Froome (Team Sky) has been peppered with questions about his form ahead of the Tour de France. Alberto Contadors win on the opening day was as comprehensive a victory as he could have hoped for but since then the tables have slowly turned in Froomes favour. On the final climb of stage 5 the two rivals swapped more than just the leaders jersey " this was a psychological blow across Contadors bow as much as it was physical, because regardless of whether one is at 90 per cent or another is at 100 per cent, neither enjoys losing to the other. At the starts and finishes during this years race there has been a growing sense that Froome was just waiting for his moment to pounce. He couldnt wait to get stuck in. He raced at the front on every stage and when the opportunity was created he stamped authority on the race. ADVERTISEMENT "It's a really nice feeling to be back in yellow and to win a stage like that," he said at the finish. The race is far from won, however. Daniel Benson says: Froome and Sky have been criticised in the past for the manner in which they ride and win. There are multi-faceted reasons behind that but if you take the argument that they dominate races into submission then todays performance flew in the face of that. Instead of eight Sky riders on the front, the British team sat back and allowed Contadors squad to wear themselves out. Landas role was pivotal but in another sense inconsequential. He laid the groundwork for Froome but the strongest rider won. He just did it in a different " and somewhat more impressive " way. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Criterium du Dauphine: Contador's lead slashed in split behind stage 4 crash
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) lost nine seconds of his slim lead in the Critrium du Dauphin on stage 4, when he found himself on the wrong side of a split in the peloton caused by a crash from Cofidis rider Borut Bozic. He now leads the overall classification by just four seconds on Chris Froome (Sky), who made the front split and gained nine seconds. It was an unexpected result to a stage that should have been uncomplicated for the overall contenders, who were content to take a back seat to the sprinters on the relatively flat 176km stage from Tain-l'Hermitage to Belley. Contador said the stage was calm as expected until the finish, which he described as "truly crazy". "Initially, it seemed as if the group would cross the finish line together. However, right after the 2km mark there was a big pile-up which caused gaps in the peloton."ADVERTISEMENT The crash was caused when Cofidis rider Borut Bozic clipped a concrete barrier and flew through the air into the peloton, luckily only taking out AG2R La Mondiale's Alexis Gougeard and not causing a bigger wreck. But the disruption to a very high pace was enough to cause the split, according to Tinkoff directeur sportif Steven De Jongh. "The crash caused some real uncertainty in the group. We were expecting the 3km rule to be applied, but we ended up losing time," De Jongh said. "Alberto and some of the other GC riders tried to fight back to the front, but some of the other teams' sprint train riders sat up and delayed the riders behind and the commissaries allowed the time gaps to stand." De Jongh was frustrated by the decision not to apply the UCI rule 2.6.027 which states, "In the case of a duly noted fall, puncture or mechanical incident in the last three kilometers of a road race stage, the rider or riders involved shall be credited with the time of the rider or riders in whose company they were riding at the moment of the accident,"therefore Contador should be given the same time as the stage winner. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Froome breathing down Contadors neck as Dauphine mountains loom
June 09, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine was supposed to be a stage for the sprinters and a relative day off for the overall contenders, and although Edvald Boasson Hagen came away with the win, it was Chris Froome (Team Sky) who benefited after his principle rivals lost time in the uphill finish. The Team Sky rider glued himself to the front runners and finished 14th on the stage. Alberto Contador and Richie Porte " the two other favourites for the Dauphine " finished nine seconds down. Contador still leads the race but his advantage has been cut from 13 to four seconds over Froome. With three tough mountain stages to come the Team Sky rider is breathing right down Contadors neck. And while Contador has looked to deflect attention of the importance of the Dauphine, Froome has repeatedly made a case of using the defence of his Dauphine crown as part of his Tour preparation.ADVERTISEMENT From the word go here Ive said that this is an important race for me, a determined Froome told Cyclingnews at the finish of the stage. The Dauphine is an important race in its own right. Yes, its the last race for me in the build up before the Tour but its important in its own right. When asked about the splits in the peloton, Froome added, I didnt expect to make up time today, definitely not. On paper it was a pretty straight forward sprint. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Herrada wins Stage 2 of Dauphine, Contador leads overall
June 07, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
CHALMAZEL-JEANSAGNIERE, France (AP) " Jesus Herrada of Spain won the second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere on Tuesday after making the most of a slightly uphill finish to time his attack to perfection.Two-time Tour de... More...
Froome and Contador spar in Dauphine, Tour mind games begin - Podcast
June 07, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Jesus Herrada came away with the stage win at the Criterium du Dauphine on Tuesday as the battle for GC simmered in the distance. Chris Froome put his Team Sky colleagues to work on the two final climbs with several attacks peppering the opposition, but Alberto Contador held firm to keep his leaders yellow jersey for another stage.ADVERTISEMENT In this podcast we hear exclusively from Froome and Contador at the finish, while the Cyclingnews team also pick their rider of the day. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Contador wins Criterium du Dauphine prologue
June 06, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
LES GETS, France (AP) " Alberto Contador signaled his strong form a little less than a month before the Tour de France starts with a fine victory in the Criterium du Dauphine prologue on Sunday.Contador, who won the Tour de France... More...
Contador taking his time with team decision for 2017
June 04, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador says that there is still plenty of time to consider his options for next season and that he has several good ones to choose between. With a new sponsor for the Tinkoff team looking increasingly unlikely, Contador is still on the hunt for a new team but, with the transfer window not set to open until August 1, he is not concerned. However, he says that his new team will have to be willing to take on not just Contador himself but the team that surrounds him. That is likely to include his right-hand man on the bike Jesus Hernandez, press officer Jacinto Vidarte and mechanic Faustino Muoz, plus some select others. Lampre-Merida and Trek-Segafredo have already expressed their interest in Contador for next season. With Joaquim Rodriguez yet to pen a new contract, the Katusha squad could also be an option for him. In these times, there is a lot of movement in the market, and they open a thousand options that we are mulling over, he told AS. Two months ago, I decided that I would continue in cycling because I really enjoy what I do. We have different options; the majority are very attractive. There has been contact with sponsors but the deadlines are quite late and each time an option of my own team has less weight.ADVERTISEMENT Everything points to a team that is willing to invest in me and my group. At this point, with my own team, it would not have the same guarantees that it would have a well-formed structure. Contador is building up towards the Criterium du Dauphin, which is due to begin this Sunday. The weeklong event is his first race since winning the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in April and his final stage race ahead of the Tour de France next month. Since Pais Vasco, Contador has been trying to build up in strength. Earlier in the week, the Spaniard stated that the Dauphin will let him know if he has done enough or if he has to increase his intensity before he arrives at Tour de France. The intention is to go for the maximum: the victory. But the rivals will also be very well prepared, and we know that it is difficult, but I they have to go with this belief, explained Contador. I have not had any setbacks, and I have been able to absorb the start of the season, which has been quite intense. Now starting this second peak of form and, at the moment, things are going well. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Criterium du Dauphine a measuring stick for Contador's Tour de France
June 03, 2016 (06:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
How to follow the Critrium du Dauphin: Cyclingnews will have live text coverage from start to finish for every stage, as well as rider interviews, race reports, podcasts, video highlights and post-race analysis. In 2015, after winning a particularly difficult edition of the Giro d'Italia, Alberto Contador faced an uphill challenge to recover and prepare for the Tour de France. The Tinkoff captain said at this time last year he was "destroyed", but feels much better this season as he prepares to head into the Critrium du Dauphin as his final preparation for the Tour. "After the Dauphin is over, I will know whether I have to give more intensity to my training or if we have to be a little more cautious. I feel much better than last year. At this point I was destroyed, very tired because of the demands of the Giro d'Italia. I feel much better now," Contador said.ADVERTISEMENT Contador has finished on the podium of all of the races he's done this year - beginning with a third place overall in the Volta ao Algarve, second in Paris-Nice and the Volta Catalunya before winning the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in early April. Since then, he's stepped back somewhat to train for the most important part of the season. "It has been a busy past few weeks, trying to build a good base, always thinking about the Tour de France," Contador said. "I primarily worked on building my strength and I hope everything goes well. The Dauphin will be important to build speed in the legs, which is what will still be missing the most, but the most important thing is that there haven't been any setbacks and that's always good news." Contador will be joined in Les Gets on Sunday by Robert Kiserlovski, Sergio Paulinho, Roman Kreuziger, Michael Gogl, Jesper Hansen, Yuri Trofimov and Michael Valgren, most of whom have been training in Tenerife. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Alberto Contador wins 4th Tour of Basque Country
April 15, 2016 (20:00) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
EIBAR, Spain (AP) " Alberto Contador won his fourth Tour of Basque Country after overcoming Sergio Henao's lead during the sixth stage's decisive time trial Saturday.Contador finished the rainy 16.5-kilometer (10.25-mile) time trial... More...
Contador and Porte headline deep Paris-Nice field
February 27, 2016 (00:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Paris-Nice organiser ASO has confirmed two-time winners Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and Richie Porte (BMC) as the marquee names for this years edition of the race, which gets underway with a 6.1km prologue in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on March 6. Contador has not participated in the Race to the Sun since he claimed his second overall win back in 2010, and preferred to ride Tirreno-Adriatico in each of the past three seasons. The Spaniard also won Paris-Nice in 2007 and placed fourth overall in 2009. After starting his 2016 campaign in impressive fashion with victory atop the Alto de Malhao at the Volta ao Algarve last week, Contador will line out as one of the favourites for final overall victory in Nice, and he will form a redoubtable double act with Rafal Majka.ADVERTISEMENT Although last years winner Richie Porte was a low-key performer at the Tour of Oman last week, the Australian was already a winner on the Willunga Hill stage of the Tour Down Under in January. Porte has made Paris-Nice one of the primary targets of his early season, though he will surely rue the absence of the concluding Col dze time trial this time around. Porte will be joined by Rohan Dennis and Philippe Gilbert in a strong BMC line-up. Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) was impressive in finishing second at the Tour of Oman, and the Frenchman will be expected to be to the fore on the most demanding stage of this years Paris-Nice, the penultimate leg, which concludes atop the 15km climb of the Madone d'Utelle. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) is another rider who showed up well on the harsh slopes of Green Mountain last week and, like Bardet, the Dutchman has singled out Paris-Nice as one his main targets for the early months of the season. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Contador and Porte star attractions of Paris-Nice race
February 25, 2016 (19:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
PARIS (AP) " Alberto Contador of Spain returns to the Paris-Nice race for the first time since 2010, and will take on defending champion Richie Porte of Australia when it gets underway next weekend.The Paris-Nice runs from March... More...
Contador hopes to race in own team for 2017 Tour de France
February 24, 2016 (20:15) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
MADRID (AP) " Spanish rider Alberto Contador hopes to compete in the Tour de France with his own professional team next year if he can raise enough money.The two-time Tour de France champion, who previously indicated he would retire... More...
Quintana undecided on Vuelta a Espana participation
July 31, 2015 (13:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana and his Movistar team are still to decide whether or not the Colombian will ride the Vuelta a Espaa next month. At the end of last season Quintana indicated his intentions to ride the Vuelta, along with teammate Alejandro Valverde, but following a tough Tour de France his participation is not certain. We are deciding if it if possible to do the Vuelta or not and a little later we will take the decision. For now, I will rest and disconnect and wait for Eusebio (Unzu) to decide, Quintana said, according to Biciciclismo. I am not taking a break as such, due to team commitments, for many things and Im with my family. Should he race the Vuelta, he will face the likes of Fabio Aru, Tejay van Garderen, Joaquin Rodrguez and Valverde in the battle for the overall classification. Chris Froome is also considering riding the Spanish Grand Tour. Quintana looked on course to win last years Vuelta a Espaa but suffered a crashes during the mountain time trial and the following stage, which forced him to withdraw. It is not clear whether Quintana will race elsewhere or if he will call an end to his season if he and the team decide not to enter him in the Vuelta a Espaa.ADVERTISEMENT Alberto Contador was due to end his season at San Sebastian this weekend but a fever forced him to pull out early. Contador had a busy start to the season though, as he attempted to do the Giro-Tour double. Quintana, in contrast, spent much of the early season training in Colombia and has currently only completed 55 race days " although that is slightly more than the 48 that Tour de France winner Froome has done thus far. Quintana finished second to Froome at the Tour de France, 1:12 behind the Team Sky rider, backing up his performance in his debut in 2013. The truth is that it was spectacular and great to return to the Tour de France after two years and repeat the second place. It is the confirmation that we are well, we continue on track and that the maturation continues, he said. And the additional podiums of best young rider, the team classification and second in the mountains confirm what I did in 2013. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Boonen hoping to build Worlds form at Eneco Tour
July 31, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With the World Championships just under two months away, Tom Boonen (Etixx-QuickStep) is hoping that he can hit the ground running at the Eneco Tour in just under two weeks. Boonen, who has recently finished the Tour de Wallonie, confirmed yesterday that he would skip the Vuelta a Espaa in favour of the Belgian/Dutch race. "The Eneco Tour is the first race where I really want to be top, Boonen told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. The aim is to race there and build the form, and that intention remains for all further events, up to the World Championship in Richmond. Week by week I hope to be better than its peak at the World Championships on September 27th." Boonen has had a challenging season after dislocating his shoulder at Paris-Nice in March. The injury put him out of action for almost two months before making his return to racing at the Tour of Turkey. Since then, hes only been able to notch up two victories - one at the Belgium Tour and another and the Rund um Kln. He is also penned in to do the Vattenfall Cyclassics on August 23.ADVERTISEMENT Boonen is targeting a spot in Belgiums team for the World Championships in Richmond, which features a course that could potentially suit him. I have only seen the course on video and I have heard from some of my colleagues. Carlo (Bomans " Belgian coach) has told me that the course is not half as difficult at the European Games in Baku (where Boonen competed for Belgium and finished 6th in the road race "ed). I think that there are a lot of guys that will be able to enjoy themselves, said Boonen. The top 10 teams, as of August 15, will be allowed the full complement of nine riders. Belgium are currently ninth in the overall standings, with Greg van Avermaet (BMC) earning more than half of their 410-point total, and should be assured of a full squad. Van Avermaet was Belgiums best finisher at the last edition in Ponferrada, finishing fifth in the bunch sprint behind the Pole Michal Kwiatkowski. With Boonen and Philippe Gilbert, Belgium have two former world champions in their potential team. It will be a very full team again, a dream team, said Boonen. It has always been the case in recent years. First lets see how everyone is performing in the coming weeks. If we are all really in top form then the control of the race will automatically come to us. But it cannot hurt to have multiple leaders. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Kreuziger replaces sick Contador as captain in Clsica San Sebastin
July 31, 2015 (03:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Roman Kreuziger will head up the Tinkoff-Saxo team for the Clsica San Sebastin, stepping in for Alberto Contador who stopped his season early due to illness. Kreuziger will be joined in the WorldTour event by Matteo Tosatto, Manuele Boaro, Jesus Hernandez, Sergio Paulinho, Pavel Brutt, Oliver Zaugg and Chris Juul-Jensen. Obviously, the team's main objective was for Alberto Contador to win the race and his absence will significantly change the goals and strategy of the team," director Patxi Villa said. "Alberto still has high fever and is unable to race. He also renounces the criteriums he was scheduled to attend and as a result, his 2015 racing season has come to an end.ADVERTISEMENT "The race course suits Roman the most and he will be our leader for San Sebastin. He comes from a very busy season and although, ideally, we will aim for the overall win, at least we will try to be in the top spots." Like Contador, both Kreuziger and Tosatto have raced the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France, but others are fresh from training camps or the recent Tour de Wallonie. "Brutt and Juul-Jensen will join directly from the Tour de Wallonie, where they have delivered a strong performance on a hard parcours. As a result, we have various levels of freshness and abilities on the squad that we will seek to utilize in the best way possible to achieve a top result," Villa said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
News shorts: Illness forces Contador to skip San Sebastian and end season
July 29, 2015 (16:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Contador ends season due to illness Alberto Contador had planned to end his season with the Clasica San Sebastian, but has now announced he will not ride the Spanish race. Good morning all,3 days after the Tour still continue with fever. Sorrowfully I cannot be in San Sebastian, he Tweeted Wednesday morning.ADVERTISEMENT Contador had hoped to be the first to win the Giro dItalia/Tour de France double since 1998. He won the overall title in the Giro but was fifth in the Tour. Team Tinkoff-Saxo has not yet announced if he will be replaced inSan Sebastian. No Vuelta for Boonen You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
News Shorts: Contador to end season at Clsica San Sebastin
July 29, 2015 (03:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Contador to end season at Clsica San Sebastin After several demanding months, Alberto Contador will bring his 2015 season to an early close on Saturday at the Clsica San Sebastin. The Spaniard won the Giro dItalia in May but fell short of his goal of becoming the first man since 1998 to do the Giro-Tour de France double after finishing fifth in France.ADVERTISEMENT While the riders he clashed with in July, including Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana, and Alejandro Valverde have all been linked with an appearance at the Vuelta a Espaa, Contador has no desire to do another Grand Tour. His season revolved entirely around the Giro-Tour double and now thats in the past, hes already thinking about 2016, when it is believed he will focus solely on the Tour and then the Olympic Games. Saturdays Clsica, a one-day WorldTour race in the Basque Country of Spain, looks set to be the 32-year-olds final proper competitive outing on the bike in 2015. It has been a couple of years since I last did it and I want to close the year at this race before taking my holidays, said Contador, according to AS. The period of rest starts now, and after the Clsica I will progressively wind down on the bike. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Contador double bid fizzles out after Giro exertions (Reuters)
July 27, 2015 (01:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Alberto Contador was hoping to leave his mark with a rare Giro d'Italia/Tour de France double, but the Spaniard, fifth overall in Paris, rode through the sport's most prestigious race almost unnoticed. Contador, arguably the best grand tour rider of his generation, was never a contender in the mountains, failing to sustain the pace of champion Chris Froome and runner-up Nairo Quintana. "I think that this Giro was very hard from the beginning due to Astanas performance and left me exhausted everyday with long time trials and the final week, which was marked by extraordinary efforts," Contador added. More...

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